Leopard on the loose
July 20th, 2011
09:03 AM ET

Leopard killed after mauling six in India

Officers shot and killed a leopard after it strayed into a village and attacked six people in West Bengal, India, according to media reports.

The leopard attacked a woman and two men, The Australian reported.

People in the densely populated slum village of Prakash Nagar climbed onto rooftops as forestry officers pursued the big cat and vice versa, Sky News reported. Several attempts to tranquilize it failed.

Things seemed to calm down after the leopard sought refuge in bushes, but it leaped out at three officers, Sky News reported. An officer finally wounded the animal, and it later died at a veterinary clinic.

One forestry officer was reported critically injured.

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  1. Great post

    Your post is stupid! If we all are so called "animals" then the third world country that you speak of has a right to kill another "animal". You're very ignorant.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      So called "animals." You must have slept through Biology class when they talked about classification and where humans were put.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • ...

      not sure who you're replying to but humans were classified as animals

      July 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      I got an A+ in HS biology. I find it interesting. However, I am not an animal and I am not a monkeys relative. You can consider yourself a monkey's uncle if you want , but leave me out of it. God made me in his image and that's what I beleive. What I was taught and what I learned and studied in school is a different story. I am smart and I can learn. That doesn't mean I believe what you say or what I was taught is the truth.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ddferrari

      No, you are the ignorant one. The human SPECIES(hint) is an animal. We're made of flesh and bone, we prey on other animals for food- just as they pray on us, we eat, poop, bleed and breath air. Exactly like all the other animals. Just because our brains are more highly evolved (most of us, ahem) does not change the fact that we are made out of exactly the same stuff as all the other creatures on Earth. Put down your bible and read up on some biology... you know- that area of life were proof and logic exist in abundance.

      July 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • BananasandLice

      Pick up your bible and pray. I think God wants to breathe some life into you, you pile of dirt (Gen 2).

      Go ahead and prey on your Twinkies.

      July 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NFeKPo

    Who wears flip flops when you are going to catch a leopard?

    July 20, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      One who possesses a significant amount of pizzazz.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Bard

    why was the guy in picture 2 hugging the pole?

    July 20, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • realist87

      he was copying the leopard...

      July 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      Probably because he didn't want to be killed by the leopard. Fear is an expected reaction when facing a predator that is more powerful than oneself.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mmm, tasty

    He was just in the mood far a little Vindaloo.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chaseki

    Stupid Cat!

    July 20, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • HDS

      Killed 3 people, hurt a few all by himself. No, I say pretty damn smart cat. Human's using weak tranks, I say stupid humans.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kayaker247

    pretzels!

    July 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      you forgot the cheese and/or onion dip. Or is that what were supposed to contribute.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • tiki

      these pretzels are making me thirsty!

      July 25, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dirk Waldon

    YouTube site of why the animal snapped: Ultimate Dog Tease 1:21. Wow! The animal didn't have this coming.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. What?

    @Hmmmm....please don't tell me you graduated with a 3.7 GPA and think India is in the same time zone. Nuff said. Shut up, sit down.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ape Lincoln

      Om Nom Nom Nom...

      July 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Looks like the moron who used to go by "palintwit" changed his moniker to "bachmantwit". I guess he just feels threatened by a strong, attractive, conservative female.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ex-Teapartyr

      Yeah . . . THAT's what it is! I'm guessing you are not to bright either; just like the people you support!

      July 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatsupdok

      Twit is too kind of word for Palin or Bachman. Do the math.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • JX

      or maybe just the most moronic one? 🙂 Not everything is fear based – though some do love fear mongering.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • zenichi-maro

      The topic called. It says it misses you and wants you to come back.

      July 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pleth

      II do not agree with Michele's views on the world but man o man I would love to hit that!

      July 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      I think hes just threatoned by stupid crazy people.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Cheese

      "a strong, attractive, conservative female."

      You're 0 for 4 with that statement.

      July 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. alaskan grannie

    That was funny, not politically correct and has nothing to do with the story, but funny.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ben

    Some of you people in the comments are saying that it was wrong to kill the animal. You can't just let a leopard attack you. It wasn't like these people were poaching it, it was in self defense; it was them or the animal. The animal was in a city. And they actually tried using traquilizers. We shouldn't even be talking about race or money or anything else either, that is off topic.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • tired of it

      they could have tranquillized him - even if their "attempts to repeatedly tranquilize him failed", they should have kept trying until they succeeded. no need to kill him. i'm not buying that their efforts to tranquilize him were all for not. nope.

      people see death as a solution. so sad. while i (obviously) don't want to see a person die either...it was unnecessary - in this situation with several men with tranquilizer guns - to kill him. sorry.

      they should have tried harder...and they didn't. look at the pics. there were men all around him.

      sorry for the leopard.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      The leopard saw the humans as a threat...and rightly so. Humans are the biggest threat to the Earth's ecology. The leopard no doubt saw it as its only option. It was instinct to protect what it thought was it's home. Humans tend to forget that they are not the master's of the world around them. There are animals more powerful than us out there and they will not hesitate to kill if they are backed into a corner. Humans are the species capable of understanding that we are backing them into a corner by taking over their habitats for our own. We should expect their will be skirmishes like these as long as we continue to do so. After all, I seriously doubt we would let another country try to move in and take over the United States.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • N33E T0 R3AD M0AR!!!

      Tired of it...you are so dumb for real. they could have tranqualized him? if u didnt read the article it died because it was tranqualised too much.

      Step 1. Read the Article
      Step 2. Comprehend the Article (the most important step)
      Step 3. Comment (troll or rant about how india sucks)
      Step 4. Feel like you are making a difference because you commented ( yea!!! you showed him!!!)
      Step 5. Reply with an Intellectual/Properly spelled and punctuated comment
      Step 6. Feel super duper smart about it
      Step 7. Noone cares
      Step 8. Still noone cares
      Step 9. Why are you still reading this?

      July 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Randist

    Poor leopard. 😦

    July 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. xdougx

    Leopard dont like curry smell.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bachmanntwit

    @ Victim...We feel threatened by anyone who is intent on launching our country back to the 12th century. You should too.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. baba

    BTW,
    Indian economy is largely driven by domestic consumption and outsourcing is only creating employment for a small drop of the population. While I am sure people are thankful of the new jobs and are spending, the money is going into the american multinational pockets. Its a two way street and this is globalization..Before people make generalizations, you shoudl travel the country and look beyond the obvious filth and meet the people. They are like u with a brown skin cover because of excess melanin..

    July 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
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